Published on Jul 24, 2012 by STRATFORvideo
Stratfor East Asia analyst John Minnich discusses China‘s expansion of maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea and the security and energy implications for countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines.
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Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said China will “resolutely oppose any militarily provocative behavior” from other countries also claiming ownership of the Spratlys.
“In order to protect national sovereignty and our security and development interests, the Chinese military has already set up a normal, combat-ready patrol system in seas under our control,” he said.
“The Chinese military’s resolve and will to defend territorial sovereignty and protect our maritime rights and interests is firm and unshakeable,” Geng added. Vietnam has launched regular air patrols over the Spratly Islands.
Vietnam and the Philippines are also claiming territory in the region which is believed to hold significant deposits of energy reserves.
This deployment comes just a week after China denounced Vietnam’s law claiming the Paracel and the Spratly’s are its own.
The exercises will continue until July 10 with the U.S. Navy deploying two ships and the Philippines sending four more.